Burton wins dentistry academy presidency, vows to preserve organization’s integrity

August 13, 2005

CHICAGO — Dr. Bruce A. Burton was installed as president of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) during the House of Delegates session at the AGD’s annual meeting on July 17.

“As president, I will work to ensure that the AGD is the best organization for the general dentist who wants to participate in a lifelong learning environment,” says Dr. Burton. He will serve as president for one year and will be working closely with other executive officers to strategically position the AGD for future endeavors and accomplishments.

“The entire AGD Executive Committee works hard to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. I know the new people we elected today will continue to work hard to raise the leadership bar,” says Burton on the future of the AGD.

Burton has held a number of leadership positions within the AGD, including president-elect, president of the AGD Foundation, vice president, secretary, trustee of Region 11 and chair of the Publications Committee. He is a member of the Strategic Advancement Committee and the Dental Care Council.

Also active in the Oregon AGD, Burton has served as president, secretary/treasurer, delegate, associate editor and board member. He was named Oregon AGD Co-Dentist of the Year in 1997.

Burton received his DMD from the University of Oregon Dental School in 1980 with honors. In 1988, he earned his Mastership Award from the AGD. To earn this award, Burton completed more than 1,100 hours of continuing dental education, including 400 hours of hands-on courses. In 1992, he received his certification by the Certifying Board of General Dentistry.

Burton maintains a private practice in Hood River. He is married to Connie and has three children: Travis, Bret and Megan.

The AGD is a nonprofit organization of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world’s second largest dental association, which exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to a patient’s oral health.

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